He is President of EUROSOLAR, General Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy WCRE, President of the International Parliamentary Forum on Renewable Energies, Member of the German Bundestag (english, deutsch), Publicist and author. He is honoured with the Right Livelihood Award 1999, with the Solar World Prize 1998, the Alternative Nobel Prize 1999 (mentionned here), the World Prize on Bioenergy 2000 (mentionned here), and the World Wind Energy Award 2004.
He says: “Renewable energies are inexhaustible. They do not destroy the environment. They are available everywhere. Their use facilitates solidarity with future generations. They secure the future of humankind”. And: “… in 100 years people will say: the work is done, we are living in the Solar Age.”
Hermann Scheer – Germany
Listen to his 3 videos on Big Picture.
9th EUROSOLAR Conference ‘The farmer as energy supplier’, April 16th-17th, 2007, Potsdam. (full text, select english or german).
Hermann Scheer was born in 1944 and has a Ph. D. in economics and social sciences … He believes that the continuation of current patterns of energy use will be environmentally catasrophic and the end of human civilisation.
The only realistic alternative energy source is solar energy. Scheer has concluded that it is technically and environmentally feasible to harness enough solar radiation to achieve a total replacement of the fossil/nuclear energy system by a global renewable energy economy. The main obstacle to such a change is political. That is why EUROSOLAR conferences, organised sinze 1990 in New Delhi, Harare, Shanghai, St. Petersburg, Cairo and Havana, are described as “political solar energy conferences” and Scheer’s book, the English version of which was published in 1994, is entitled “A Solar Manifesto”. More than 70,000 copies of this book have been sold in several languages. (full text).
He says also: “Conflicts are the salt of every new development in society. Civilian culture guarantees that they are carried out peacefully, rationally and responsibly. I like to provoke conflicts in order to overcome paralysed conditions and eradicate discrepancies between existing dangers and missing initiatives. I’m not a consensus man. That’s why it is an extraordinary event to receive this prize. Thank you very much. The prize confirms to myself that my activities are of value to the development of solar energy. It will encourage me to continue on my path.(full text, Solar World Prize 1998 Acceptance Speach).
His book: Energy Autonomy, The Economic, Social and Technological Case for Renewable Energy. Earthscan/James & James, December 2006.
Oekozentrum soziales Forum, Oesterreich;